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n. (plural of right English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: right)


Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory. Rights are of essential importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, especially theories of justice and deontology.

Rights are often considered fundamental to civilization, being regarded as established pillars of society and culture, and the history of social conflicts can be found in the history of each right and its development. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "rights structure the form of governments, the content of laws, and the shape of morality as it is currently perceived."

Usage examples of "rights".

Thus it was foreshadowed that the law of the land and the due process of law clauses, which were originally inserted in our constitutions to consecrate a specific mode of trial in criminal cases, to wit, the grand jury, petit jury process of the common law, would be transformed into a general restraint upon substantive legislation capable of affecting property rights detrimentally.

But on July 26, 1788, New York ratified, with a recommendation that a bill of rights be appended.

Of course, in retrospect I surmise that Ursin was only a construct of Ty, who naturally felt within his rights to destroy his own creature.

By rights I should take him from you and send him back there -- for his own good.

United States, but also to guard the States from any encroachment upon their reserved rights by the general government.

They respect the nation, not individual rights, and being entrusted to the executive, the decision of the executive is conclusive.

War between the States an impressive body of coherent doctrine protective of vested rights but claiming little direct support from written constitutional texts.

Natural Law concepts, fundamental principles of liberty, common reason and natural rights, and so forth.

What they sum up to is this: that what was once vaunted as a Constitution of rights, both State rights and private rights, has been replaced to a great extent by a Constitution of Powers.

Bill of Rights has faltered at times, in the presence of national emergency.

In that instrument, addressed to His Majesty and to the people of Great Britain, there was embodied a statement of rights and principles, many of which were later to be incorporated in the Declaration of Independence and the Federal Constitution.

On February 6, 1788, Massachusetts, by a narrow margin of 19 votes in a convention with a membership of 355, endorsed the new Constitution, but recommended that a bill of rights be added to protect the States from Federal encroachment on individual liberties.

Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Unlike the rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, this privilege is secured against the actions of individuals as well as of the States.

Where a primary election is made by law an integral part of the procedure of choice or where the choice of a representative is in fact controlled by the primary, the Constitution safeguards the rights of qualified electors to participate therein.